Football training improves cardiovascular health profile in sedentary, premenopausal hypertensive women

M. Mohr, A. Lindenskov, P.M. Holm, H. P. Nielsen, J. Mortensen, P. Weihe, Peter Krustrup

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The present study examined the effects of short-term recreational football training on blood pressure (BP), fat mass, and fitness in sedentary, 35-50-year-old premenopausal women with mild hypertension. Forty-one untrained, hypertensive women were randomized into a football training group (n=21; FTG) and a control group (n=20; CON). FTG performed 45 +/- 1 1-h small-sided football training sessions during the 15-week intervention period. BP, body composition (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry), blood lipid profile, and fitness level were determined pre- and post-intervention. After 15 weeks, systolic and diastolic BP, respectively, were lowered more (P
Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
Issue numberSuppl. 1
Pages (from-to)36-42
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014


  • Adiposity
  • Adult
  • Biomarkers/blood
  • Blood Pressure Determination
  • Cholesterol/blood
  • Exercise Test
  • Exercise Therapy/methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertension/blood
  • Middle Aged
  • Physical Fitness
  • Premenopause
  • Sedentary Behavior
  • Soccer/physiology
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Triglycerides/blood

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